After missing the first of two free throws to break a 42-42 tie against Lewis Central with seven seconds left, Glenwood’s Elle Scarborough was confident she would knock down the next one.
And she did.
That and a defensive stop on Lewis Central’s last possession vaulted the Class 4-A No. 13 Rams past the host No. 10 Titans 43-42 and into the Region 2 final Tuesday at Denison-Schleswig.
Scarborough said her team was as confident as she was after the miss.
“My teammates told me, ‘Elle, Just focus. You’ve got it. Put it in.’ And I knew I could, and I went up there and put it in,” she said.
Glenwood coach Brian Rasmussen didn’t have much to say to Scarborough after the miss.
“I said absolutely nothing. There was no doubt in my mind she was going to make the last one. Come crunch time, she’s the one we want on the free-throw line,” Rasmussen said.
The Rams had no answer for Lewis Central leading scorer Megan Witte in the two previous meetings this year that the teams split.
Witte scored 27 and 28 points in those games, but this was a different Witte.
She sprained her MCL Wednesday and was sporting a knee brace Saturday — the first time she had seen any physical activity since her injury.
She still led the Titans with 14 points on 6-of 15 shooting. Her 3-point attempt for the win as the final horn sounded missed badly.
Lewis Central coach Derek Archer said nobody would have known Witte was injured as badly as she was by the way she played.
“I was proud of her because it hurts her. She was out there hustling on the top of the press,
“The plan coming into tonight was to try to get her as much rest as we could, and she never came out of the game. I can’t be any more proud of that girl for being as tough as she is,” Archer said.
To make matters worse for the Titans, second-leading scorer Delaney Esterling was in foul trouble most of the game and had to sit out much of it.
She was whistled for her third foul with three minutes left in the first half and got a fourth in the third quarter.
“That’s awfully tough for her to not play most of that game,” Archer said.
“And then when she does come in, it’s hard to get back into the flow of the game when you’re sitting for long stretches of time like that,” he added.
Esterling finished with 10 points.
Glenwood, which improved to 18-4, was led in scoring by freshman Madison Camden, who had 16 points and four 3- pointers.
Rasmussen said he wasn’t surprised by Camden’s performance.
“You leave her open, she’s probably going to knock it down,” he said.
The Rams had to fight back from an 8-0 Titan run to start the game.
They finished the quarter with a 9-2 surge and led 21-20 at halftime.
Lewis Central’s season ended at 17-4.
Glenwood (18-4)………….9 12 14 8—43
Lewis Central (17-4)…….10 10 8 14—42
G: Brielle Smith 1, Coryl Matheny 1, Abigail Hughes 3, Brooklyn Taylor 1, Madison Camden 16, Elle Scarborough 13, Danielle Hardcastle 4, Joslyn Lewis 3.
LC: Hadley Hill 4, McKenna Paulsen 3, Jayden Cross 2, Grace Ruzicka 6, McKenna Pettepier 3, Megan Witte 14, Delaney Esterling 10.